Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how on 8 July 2017, chargehand Eddie Ely was working with a group of colleagues to remove a blockage and spillage on a conveyor when he was drawn into the conveyor system.
Guards had been removed from the machine but the power had not been isolated.
An HSE investigation found that Forterra had failed to properly ensure that machines were always isolated from power, to be made safe, before guarding was removed from machinery.
Forterra Building Products Ltd pleaded guilty to safey breaches and was fined £200,000 with costs of £7529.11.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Steven Boyd said: “This case shows the devastating consequences of coming into contact with dangerous machinery.
“It is crucial that companies have a clear procedure for isolating machinery and they have appropriate supervision and monitoring to ensure it is adhered to.”